Written By: Yasmin Ayadh
Article Date: Jul 4, 2012 - 8:13:55 PM
Seven Yemeni soldiers were poisoned last Thursday after they were given poisoned sandwiches by an unknown person at a checkpoint in Sana`a. The soldiers were transferred to hospitals, as their cases are very serious and doctors said they were transferred to the intensive care unit.
Military sources are already accusing al-Qaeda. The Yemen Observer was not able to confirm or deny the allegations at this point.
The incident happened in a checkpoint located in a main entrance of the capital Sana’a while the soldiers were performing their ordinary duties, a security source said on anonymity conditions for he is not to speak to the press.
Military sources said that al-Qaeda wanted to kill the soldiers to enter the capital Sana’a, asserting that Yemeni security forces were deployed after the incident to be ready against a potential al-Qaeda attacks.
Ali Saeed Obaid, the spokesman of the Military Committee formed under the GCC brokered power-transfer deal, has revealed that the Yemeni government has a plan to put an end to tribal support for al-Qaeda in some Yemeni governorates including Abyan, Shabwa, Marib and al-Jawf, now that morale is high in the army.
He said most areas of Abyan had been cleansed from landmines planted by the militants before their withdrawal to other areas, stressing that al-Qaeda are currently positioned in some remote villages and areas located in borders of Abyan. Officials at the Interior Ministry pointing out that al-Qaeda planned to carry out a suicide attacks throughout Yemen.
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